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him several more times in the chest. as officer faulkner lay dying in the streets defensely, abu-jamal shot him in the face, killing him. at the hornghts abu-jamal brag -- at the hospital, abu-jamal bragged that he had shot officer faulkner and expressed his hope that he would die. at trial, he was remorseless. he interrupted the proceedings and insulted the judge and even smirked at officer faulkner's widow when the bloodstained shirt was held up in court as evidence. four eyewitnesses saw abu-jamal gun down officer faulkner, four eyewitnesses. three more witnesses at the hospital heard him confess to the crime. ballistics evidence approved that officer faulkner had been shot with a handgun registered to abu-jamal, which was found at the scene of the murder along with the shell casings. based on this overwhelming evidence, abu-jamal was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. what followed was a 30-year effort by the far left to glorify abu-jamal and to exonerate him. this effort was taken up by law professors, left-wing activistes, and in 2009 by the organization which the no
that government investment and flood defenses has fallen. in the light of this an event we have seen, does the prime minister think it's right to revisit the plan for investment and flood defense? >> we will look very carefully at the plan for flood defenses but, of course, without spending figures all the way out to 2020, not all of which are fully committed which are major investments in budget defenses but i said two weeks ago as the waters reside and as a bea and others can look at what happened, we can review and see what new measures might be necessary. let me just repeat the point that in his four-year period and, indeed, in this parliament overall spending on flood defense has gone up. >> mr. speaker, i'm afraid the figures the primus is quoting are phony and i believe he knows this. [shouting] this is what the uk -- this is what the uk statistical process i know they don't want to hear. they say this, government funding for flood defenses were lower in both nominal and real terms during the current period than since the last. the only way you claim otherwise is by ignoring inflati
was really interesting, after those charges were read out, the defense attorney erupting oscar pistorius laid out, if you will, some of the points of the defense. oscar pistorius signed an affidavit at his bail hearing said that he had heard a disturbance in the bathroom of his house just after he had been to retrieve some fans from the balcony of that apartment of that house, and that's when he grabbed the pistol from underneath his bed, went into the bathroom, shot those shots through the bathroom door. even the magistrate at the time at the bail hearing had said, how could oscar pistorius not have known that his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, wasn't in the bed? well, listening to his defense attorney now, we're beginning to get some semblance of details added on. his defense attorney said as oscar, or just before oscar pistorius went to get those fans from his balcony, he had talked to reeva steenkamp in bed. the indication there laying the groundwork that he believed she was in bed because he had just talked to her. he said it was pitch dark and that's why he didn't know. so, we're beginnin
governments are talking on a cabinet level today for the first time. and then there's a russian defense official discussing ukraine with nato members in brussels as well. of course, there's only one man who can make or break any deal. that's vladimir putin. it's just unclear what he will do next. talking about sending international observers. will putin allow them to go into crimea? we just don't know. now that putin controls crimea, that may be the new status quo, to remind everyone that ukraine's future depends on him. betty, back to you. >> a lot of variables here. jim, thank you. >>> back at home, there is a new political fight to tell you about. president obama's $3.9 trillion budget is now on capitol hill. the highlight is a massive expansion of the earned income tax credit. the 13.5 million more workers would be eligible for $60 billion in credits. also included is billions for roads and rails. it's spending, the white house says, will bolster the economy. but republicans say the president's budget is dead on arrival, complaining that it runs up the long-term national debt. >>> a
in the united states coming to the defense of gay and lesbian citizens. to finally be written in to full citizenship in this country. lgbt people. is, you know, literally not something i thought i would see in my lifetime. really. i'm gratifiedfy it and i am thrilled that you've seen attorney generals in virginia, now new mexico, refuse to defend. they're clearly unconstitutional anti-gay marriage bans. there's one other thing i wanted to note about arizona and its law. it's currently not illegal in arizona to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation. right now people can be fired in arizona or denied services or thrown out of their apartments for being gay, lesbian, bi, or transgendered. so this law not only was completely unnecessary, but the vetoing of this law isn't going to protect lgbt people in arizona who are currently facing anti-queer discrimination. >> i mean, look, that's such an important point. you can cast this as in some ways a hopeful sign because as we're reporting the incredible united backlash to something bad. it's a long ways from full equality
unity force control on the ground. the ukrainian defense chief, according to afp, has said that russia has sent at least 6000 troops to crimea. that is the headline coming out of the af he this morning. about 41 minutes ago. there is a picture of some of the unidentified armed men in front of the crimean parliament. let's go to mark, waiting in massachusetts on our line for independence. -- line for independents. caller: i think russia definitely has a right to protect their interests. they have bases down there. i know the ukrainian government is set up. is there any real military force ? if some he wants to come in and -- do harmia people in the upheaval. it, maybes down to crimea will secede and become their own country. russia today reporting in an interview with the russian dispense -- defense minister that russia has 150,000 troops and 90 aircraft, 800 80 tanks and 1200 pieces of military hardware involved in drills on the ukrainian border right now. that doesn't concern you? host: i didn't know that they had that much stockpile. the do have their whole fleet. strength already hu
violence. >> translator: if you are talking about self defense of the cry crimean people, we haven't given them orders. there were special measures taking to the hinderland. as our president said, we will do everything we can to present any blood shed. >> as we mentioned, the world's top diplomats are meeting in paris. it was scheduled to discuss syria but u ukraine discussion is to be high. our diplomatic editor looks at how one crisis is affecting the other. >> the ongoing battles in syria are more than a thousand kilometers away from ukraine. the crisis in crimea may have a real impact. the international community has given this man the job of trying to find peace in syria, but talks convened by veteran peacemaker have achieved nothing. getting both sides back around the table and persuading them, and in particular, the syrian government, to negotiate properly requires pressure from the u.s. and russia working together. that the doesn't look like it will happen. just like the peace talks, the deal to remove syria's chemical weapons was done by us secretary of state, john kerry a
views as a criminal defense lawyer. a comprehensive revision of the federal criminal code should focus on five main points. reducing the number of federal crimes, ensuring that the revised code strikes a proper balance between federal and state law enforcement, clearly defining the appropriate levels of mens rea, establishing uniform rules of construction, and revising the overly harsh punishment system. i'll take those in turn. fir, reducing the number of federal offenses. the list of federal crimes has grown from handful in the crimes act of 1790, to thousands today. this has occurred in part because the country has become more complex and also occurs because everytime there's a national crisis the reaction is to enact new federal crimes. the result is a morass of overlapping statutes. the more than two dozen different -- chapter 47. seven different fraud statutes in chapter 63 and i count 19 different obstruction offenses in chapter 73 of title 18. this proliferation of federal offenses has too main practical consequences from my perspective. first of all the sheer number of crimes
that are already lining up behind a clinton presidential bid punched back aggressively in her defense. so let's start with wednesday. hillary clinton was a bit could i r -- coy about her future. >> can you give us some insight in your tbd in your bio will play out? >> well, i'd really like to, but i have no characters left. i will certainly ponder that. >> but what was clear in that speech and in those remarks is clinton has become a full participant in the invisible primary. she made her most extended defense, for instance, of the health care law. >> -- you insure your car. why? because you don't want something bad to happen to it, so insure yourself because, you know, you don't know whether something bad could happen to you. >> but earlier that same day, she did strike a note of caution on health care, saying this, quote, i think we're on the right track in many respects, but i would be the first to say if things aren't working, then we need people of good faith to come together and make evidence-based changes. now, republicans jumped on those comments by hillary clinton, but you should kno
have allowed businesses to use religious belief as a defense against discrimination lawsuits. >> i sincerely belief that senate bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it pro ports to solve. i could divide arizona in ways you could not even imagine and no one would ever want. gwen: but even though this is gay right debate, the roots of the law has nothing to do with that piece. >> it stars two decades ago with two men who worked at drug rehab center who were fired for smoking peyote at a native american surge service. they said it was ritual. so the laws shouldn't apply to them. but the u.s. supreme court says there's no religious exception. and that infuriated congress which responded bypassing something called the religious freedom restoration act which barred the government from in the phrase of the law substantially burdenening somebody's exercise of religion. arizona is one of many that has laws like that. so what was different about this arizona law is that it would have expanded the law to apply not just to individuals but to businesss that get sued by someo
wisdom in the defense bar is, don't even think about resisting a government overtour for a plea in a corporate context, and now the government is just going with what are called dps, not even resolving cases criminally because that's too difficult, so the department of justice reaches a civil resolution. >> thank you. justice for the committee, i just think that something that we should think, especially on our side of the aisle -- as conservatives we should be very concerned about the state having so much power that criminal defense phones are afraid to go to trial because they know that actually they take more risk going to trial than defending liberty and property and the things that the government should not easily take away from defendants. thank you very much. i yield back my time. >> i'm told we'll be voting between 10:20 and 10:30. excuse me. gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson. >> thank you. it's not so much the sheer volume of criminal laws on the books and how they are apportioned among the various titles of the u.s. code. it's really a matter of what is the impact ov
's screams, four gunshots, and then a man yelling for help. the defense questioned her on the possibility of gunshots before she woke up and whether her recollection was accurate. pistorius says he shot and killed his girlfriend because he thought she was an intruder, in his bathroom. but prosecutors say this was a pre-meditated murder. c-p-s parents are finding themselves caught in the middle of the battle between teachers and administrators over standardized tests. nancy loo is *live with more information. >> good morning. the teachers' union has set a protest here at the school later this morning ahead of the testing. teachers at the school were among those to organize the boycott. all have supposedly said they will not administer these tests. but they are required by law to do so. it's just not clear how many students will actually take the test. >> the illinois standard achievement test is eight days long and some schools began the process yesterday. most elementary students across the state are expected to begin the testing this morning. it's not clear what will happen at the schoo
patrolling cry meia, those were not russian forces at all. he insisted they were, quote, local defense forces and call the people's uprising against ukrainian president viktor yanukovych an unconstitutional coup and said they were sitting in a laboratory and running experiments on rats and described anti-government protests, the ones that killed scores of people two week ago an orgy of radicals. putin was nervous, angry, cornered and paranoid, written in the new republic. here was an authoritarian dancing uncomfortably in his new dictator shoes. in the last few years it's something like conventional knowledge in moscow journalistic circles that put. was no longer getting new good information, surrounded by yes men who created a parallel informational universe. indeed, living in a parallel universe seem to be one of the only explanations for putin's perilously irrational behavior. joining me, mark halperin, and from washington, the new york times' white house correspondent and former moscow bureau chief, peter baker. peter, what thoughts are running through putin's head and why he's -- i mean
defense official is discussing ukraine with nato members in brusse brussels, as well. so, kristen, what's emerging, it seems in this -- from the swirl of diplomacy is a couple of end games. the russian plan and the western plan, if you will. washington and berlin pushing hard now for something that would include international observers to replace the russian or pro-russian forces in crimea, direct talks between russia and kiev, and new elections in may. now, reduction erussians want t return of viktor yanukovych to head a national unity government and new elections in december, so there's a gulf between the two sides, but at least the two sides are talking again. kristen if, that doesn't work, don't expect to see russian forces pulling back from crimea anytime soon. back to you. >> all right. jim maceda, thank you for that reporting from moscow. we appreciate it. >>> joining me now, california republican ed royce, chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, holding a hearing on ukraine tomorrow. thank you so much for joining me this morning, congressman. appreciate it. >> thank you
, that the troops occupying much of the region are not russian, but local. >> ( translated ): regarding the self-defense forces created by the people of crimea, we do not have any power over them, they do not listen to our orders. >> ifill: lavrov also declined to meet with ukraine's acting foreign minister. he said there would be further discussions in days to come. meanwhile, in crimea itself, u.n. special envoy robert serry was forced to abandon his mission there after his car was surrounded and he was threatened by a pro-russian crowd. new trouble cropped up elsewhere as well. pro-russian activists stormed and re-took a government building in the eastern city of donetsk, only hours after being ejected. there's been no talk of any american military action in ukraine, but defense secretary chuck hagel told a senate hearing that the pentagon is taking other steps. >> i earlier this week directed the d.o.d. to suspend all military to military engagements and exercises with russia. also this morning the dod is pursuing measures to support our allies, including stepping up joint training through our aviat
, big cuts for a leaner military. so right now defense secretary chuck hagel is testifying before the senate armed services committee, defending cuts to the army and the marines. hagel also told lawmakers, martin dempsey spoke with his russian counterpart today. he urged russia to show continued restraint in the days ahead to show a diplomatic solution. >>> secretary jack lew answers questions on the president's 2015 spending plan. >>> same-sex marriage supporters are riding a wave of momentum. according to a new "washington post"/abc news poll, 50% believe the constitution's guarantee of equal protection gives gays the right to marry. this coincides with attorney general saying gay couples can apply for marriage licenses, even though same-sex marriage doesn't become legal in that state until june. in kentucky, democrats split on the issue. steven bashir said he is hiring outside attorneys to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban. >>> coming up, president obama calling on governors to call for backup when it comes to raising the minimum wage. we'll be talking to connecticut's g
cuts and the defense community, and they say that this would negatively impact veterans, particularly with retirement packages, so i think that there is a lot of wrangling going on with veterans and the defense community, but typically this is a constituency that supports republicans. i wouldn't really expect that to change. >> i want to switch gears because the president is launching a new effort called my brother's keeper. big businesses are preponderanced to support this, while obama care has really gotten a lot of scrutiny. could this initiative actually be his legacy issue? >> great, great question, and i think it will be. i think that this issue particularly for african-american men is something that the president has already made a huge difference on and is something that he is going to continue to make a difference on going forward even after he is president. i think that it's a huge piece of a legacy work that has already really begun, but is now being formalized that we're going to see played out for years to come even after the president leaves office. >> you talk about it
reserves to himself the right to intervene militarily at any time anyplace in ukraine, not just in defense of rugs, but also in defense of ukraineens. that's essentially a cart blanche to invade any country. >> saying he reserves the right to protect his people as if ukraine is still part of the old soviet union. >> putin has never like so many other russian elites accepted the legitimacy of an independent ukraine and he as far as he's concerned doesn't even consider ukrainians to be a separate people. essentially, he's marching in to defend his own. he also said and this is absolutely shocking, that he is "not worried by war." no leader other than adolf hitler and perhaps the ruler of north korea would say that kind of thing in today's world. >> should we be worried about vladimir putin's mental capacities or are we seeing a situation where some suggest we are looking at a russian leader who is isolated and insulated and only speaks to people who tell him what he wants to hear? >> i think it's both. clearly he is insulated, isolated, although at the same time, do keep in mind the russian
. it punishes the troops to reward fat cat defense contractors who sell the taxpayers -- i'm getting a little tired of hearing that inaccurate comment about going back to preworld war ii levels in 1940. it's worse than that. if we go back to the 440 -- or 450,000 troops we had in 1940. in 1940, an infantry division had a much smaller tail. less overhead, fewer systems to be maintained, smaller staffs. that division put a lot of rifle men up front. today a division equivalent. the bringing aids, they have this incredible and important tail, technical infrastructure. it puts fewer rifle men up front. if you go down to 440,000 or lower, you're going to have an army that not only is unready and incapable of fighting any major wars, and even strain -- >> are the pentagon officials -- >> let me just say, it's going to have 100,000 shooters in that army. >> officials said yesterday they're assuming more risks and they're acknowledging more troops would probably die, that's what the pentagon said yesterday, as per the new york times. >> let me first of all say i want to agree with the colonel on the
republicans on the defensive in their 2014 campaigns. in fact, in kentucky yesterday, former president bill clinton riled up the sold-out crowd while stumping for alison grimes, who wants senate minority leader mcconnell's seat. both stayed away from mentioning the health care law, but as today's "first read" points out, both clinton and grimes played the obama dem play book of 2014 by emphasizing the need to raise the minimum wage and reduce income inequality. >> i don't know about you, kentucky, but i'm not going to let any washington politician whose net worth is over $25 million tell me, tell us, that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is going to hurt our economy. >> in the end, you can only have a lot of rich people if you have even more middle class people and all the poor folks have a chance to work their way into it. >> joining me now live, nbc news correspondent mark murray. we can see the direction in that race, as well as in many other key races in 2014. >> that was my big takeaway from yesterday, is alison grimes/bill clinton event in kentucky, they were following th
for people who work within government agencies like defense and homeland security. the self-destruct feature isn't quite as dramatic as it sounds. it simply erases all the data if someone tries to break into the phone. it runs on google android and encrypted stored data. it's expected to be out this summer but no word on how much it's going to cost. >>> top home lender wells fargo is cutting 700 mortgage jobs. the move is reportedly in response to slipping demand for the home refinancing market. wells fargo has slashed at least 6900 jobs since july and more cuts are not out of the question. the latest reduction focuses on back office operations where employees process the mortgage operations. >>> for the 13th year in a rodentty theft tops the -- identity theft tops the federal trade commission's list of complaints. it received more than two million complaints in 2013 and 14% of them were related to i.d. theft. americans reported losing more than $1.6 billud last year. other top complaints include debt checks, banks and lenders, and imposter scams. the data breaches are going to start showing
. before him, his defense team. and at the front of the room, the judge who'll decide his fate. he denies all of the charges. hamish macdonald, abc news, pretoria, south africa. >>> on this ash wednesday, pope francis is making headlines with a new interview. he reaffirmed church opposition to contraception and gay marriage. but he said, different situations of co-habitation must be evaluated. a statement some are interpreting as the possibility that the church could be open to civil unions. the open also said, when he was young, a girl once sent his head and heart spinning. but he went to confession and it ended. and he also warned against portraying him as a superman. saying he is a man who laughs, weeps and has friends, like everyone else. a normal person. >>> and up next here tonight, "real money." the oscar selfie seen around the world. how you can make hundreds of dollars with a pictures on your phone. when we're back in two minutes. [ coughs, sneezes ] i have a big meeting when we land, but i am so stuffed up, i can't rest. [ male announcer ] nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't u
are questioning a woman in connection with the vandalism of several churches, and at least one mosque. defense attorneys for allan kustok are asking for a mistrial in kustok's murder case. the orland park businessman claims his wife anita shot herself to death, four years ago. prosecutors say her husband murdered her. the defense says kustok cannot get a fair trial, because his son zak publicly declared that he is not *supporting his father. chicago department of transportation has filled 200 thousand potholes so far this year. crews are on the street seven days a week working to repair the roads. and the city is putting additional crews on the job starting tomorrow. they are expected to fill an additional 15-hundred potholes a day. someone breached security and made what's believed to be the first video of the u-s supreme court in session. no cameras are allowed inside the supreme court, but an advocacy group pulled it off wednesday. they got a camera past security and metal detectors, and started recording from a back row in the audience. the group is pushing for campaign finance reform, af
. that's really important. >> the thing thing is, it's just coming out the defense is apparently saying that pistorius, quote, sounds like a woman when he is screaming and that perhaps that is who this witness heard, that it was actually oscar pistorius screaming and not riva. >> got love a defense lawyer. i and they'll probably bring in experts, and the prosecution will say that's not what he sounds like. this is tried and front of a judge, not a jury. so they have to be careful of trying to say something that is really going to say to the judge, you're not being fair. i understand what you're doing for your client but you're not being fair. >> look for the judge to look at facts and law. >> that's different. because in america we do things in front of a jury, more emotional, flamboyant. >> not so much the prosecution. here they have to be wary of doing that in front of one judge, who does have two assessors who will help in the decision, but comes down to one judge to decide if it's a conviction, what the penalty would be, 25 mandatory minimum if it's murder. there's no death penalty
launched the virginia self-defense law firm, focused on defending self to map -- defending self-defense rights. randy is: from tennessee. go ahead. i am calling from kentucky, sir. host: ok. where are you? caller: eastern kentucky. host: go ahead. what do you think about the let's move campaign? caller: ok. i think a lot of the obesity comes from what is put in our food. processed to grow, the meets, the steroids, what people put in their gardening stuff to get it to grow has to affect human body, as well as the defects the animals. -- affects the animals. host: do you avoid processed foods? caller: there is nothing out there to avoid. host: thank you sir. start them young with a healthy diet. today is friday. every week and beginning at 8:00 a.m. on c-span two, book tv and american history tv, respectively. 48 hours of books and 40th hours of history on 2 and 3. this week, we are featuring a visit to salem, oregon. you can watch that this weekend on book tv and on american history tv. next up is sharon in illinois. caller: hello. i am all for the program. let's move. i have something t
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.s.-afghanistan relations. including a bilateral security agreement. speakers included former state and defense department officials and thand a representative withe u.s. agency for international development. the event was hosted by the u.s. institute of peace in washington, d.c. it runs about one hour 10 minutes. >> i would also like to thank all of you for coming. thank your distinguished guests, ambassador dobbins in particular. also our panelists for this first panel which is titled the united states and afghanistan, the longview. i think it's only in a town like washington, d.c. we can talk about looking beyond 2014 as a longview. but given the tendency to view, have a quite a reactive u.s.-afghanistan policy in relations certainly of late with lots of focusing deed on security transition in the upcoming political transition in 2014 in particular, i do think in terms of the current discourse in washington talking about life beyond 2014 in afghanistan is taking a longview. i think one of the objectives in this, for today, is really to try to look at the future relation between the u.s. and pakistan be
of the family of nations and also begin looking at redeploying the missile defense system. >> speaking of deployment, what's going on are -- going on with the russian troops, tphrad me putin ordered military exercises near the ukraine. sounds like he's pulling them back. exercises were scheduled to end any way today. the question is are they amassing to go someplace else? >> we'll keep you updated on secretary kerry's arrival as well. in the meantime, heather, you've got headlines? >> today is day two of the oscar pistorius trial and it's been dramatic. an interruption in the courtroom happening a short while ago -fplgt a prosecutor stopping pistorius's lawyer during cross-examination to announce the witness, his image was being broadcast on live television. this despite a court order that guaranteed privacy for the witnesses who requested it. that witness who was on the understand was pistorius' next door neighbor, the same one who testified yesterday that she heard bloodcurdling screams and gunshots the day of the killing. pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend last day at his vale
out of the loop on some of these decisions. it's not going a defense she is going to use. her plan is to stick with president obama, but it makes it hard for her to charter her own course as she heads out on this campaign. we have seen ian senator john mccain who you know is very supportive of her in the past and joked about her and said she was totally wrong about this. >> julie, this shows the long march to entering the race for hillary clinton, the longer this drags out, the more hits she is going to take. whatever issue of the day comes up, it's a link somehow to hillary clinton. >> absolutely. especially if it's something that happened on foreign policy when she was secretary of state. i mean, that red reset button moment we are going to see played over and over again. i actually am interested to hear from her on what she was thinking at that time and whether she thinks that was the right policy given what we have seen now. >> and gene robinson, there are going to be a lot of issues that she is going to be exposed on if she runs moving forward and a lot of people think she is
defense cooperation, increase u.s.-israel collaboration on cybersecurity, expand u.s.-israel energy cooperation and reaffirm our commitment to israeli missile defense programs which have saved many innocent lives such as the iron dome. so i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 938 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, the chairman emeritus and middle east subcommittee chair of the committee on foreign affairs and of course the author of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida voiced for three minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, congressman ted deutch and introduced the united states-israel strategic partnership act because we're committed to the security of our friend and ally in an increasingly volatile middle east. chairman royce and ranking member engel have been instrumental in getting this important
>> eric holder talks on defense right and the defense marriage act and the decision not to defend it in court. and he talked about restoring civil right and the vote to ex-felons. this is 20 minutes. >> our next guest is a special guest and we appreciate having him here as we always do. i commend general holder for his willingness to speak to us candidly and openly every year. the fact that our parting gift is going to be a baseball cap speaks to how many times you have been here because all of the gifts we give out have already been given to you. we will give you something you might be able to use. but we have all familiar with general holder. he was sworn in as the 82 attorney general on february 3rd 2009. he was named to be the deputy attorney general in 1997 and served as the united states attorney for the district of columbia. he was nominated to be an associate judge for the district of columbia. he was a litigation partner at covington in washington. it is a pleasure to have you to here address us. general? [ applause ] &%c1 >> good morning. thank you, attorney general j.b.
the biggest trial of the century. certainly so far it is. >> reporter: the defense claims it was a tragic mistake. pistorius thought steenkamp was an intruder in the home. he acted in self defense. prosecutors allege it was deliberate. he opened fire during an argument in early hours of valenti valentine's day last year. the prosecution will claim he was reckless and gun happy. new images show pistorius on a gun range,i shooting the pistol that killed steenkamp. there is evidence of a flirtatious and loving couple. >> we're looking at a double tragedy, really. because no matter what happens, his life will never be the same again. >> reporter: the trial is due to last three weeks, but a long list of witnesses mean it could last much longer. spending the last few hours inside that courtroom, i can tell you it is truly incredible in there. reeva steenkamp's family is sat shoulder to should we are oscar's family. george, none of them are even looking at each other. >> thank you, hamish. get back to the oscars now. josh what an interview with cate blanche blanchett. >> i got to sit down with c
for veterans, education, and national defense. i urge my colleagues to support my amendment and i yield one , ute to my friend, mr. barr from kentucky. mr. barr: i appreciate the hard work that he and his staff put into this amendment which i have had the pleasure to introduce with him. in kentucky, the overregulation of the kentucky coal industry has really taken a toll. under president obama, appalachian kentucky has lost 7,000 jobs in five years putting the employment to its lowest levels since records were first kept in 1927. this amendment would strengthen the regulatory reform legislation by holding accountable those agencies. and i thank my friend from pennsylvania for his leadership on this important amendment and i yield back. mr. rothfus: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from georgia seeks recognition? mr. johnson: i rise in opposition to the rothfus amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. johnson: this would add additional analysis in the regulatory process that examines whether or not regulations have
a lot of specifics. take a listen to him on "morning joe." >> you really didn't hear much of a defense of why isn't this president doing more. he says he's got the power of the pen, power of the phone, why isn't he doing more to create good-paying jobs in our country? >> your response? >> you know, we've had 51 months of job growth in the private sector since president obama took office, and we've seen the unemployment rate go down to below 7%. president obama this week announced two manufacturing institutes that he awarded, thanks to his initiative, because congress isn't being at all helpful because of republican obstructionism. the president is focused on whatever he can do to continue to get this economy in a more robust posture and the republicans are welcome to help. he's extended his hand to ask them to work side-by-side with him to do that. they seem to be continued to be immersed in their tea party civil war and doing everything they can to stop him from helping our economy make progress. it's really sad. it really is. it's unnecessary and, you know, we are here, ready to work
. as putin told german chancellor angela merkel yesterday, it's more about self-defense. this new pro western ukrainian government in kiev poses an existential threat to his and russia's interest in ukraine and that means primarily, crimea. why? crimea gives them an essential warm water port, it gives them a base for the black sea fleet. so putin's nightmare sees this canceling russia's lease on the black sea fleet base and taking over cry meimea and bringing th enemy up to russia's border. for him, it's a double whammy. in terms of clearing russian forces or pushing them back, neither the u.s. nor nato are contemplating a military action and talking about ukraine's military quite quickly, it's the second largest european military apparently. it's too weak. it's certainly too low tech to take russia on. even russia's second echelon sailors that we've seen roaming around crimea for the last two or three days. russia's control of crimea is open ended. >>> we move on to china now. a mass stabbing over the weekend has left the nation shocked and looking for answers. on saturday night a group of t
, this is back in 1999. her political advisor writes this -- don't be defensive. look like you want the questions. look for opportunities for humor. don't use the administration's record as your own. july, 1999, couldn't we send her the same memo today? >> words to live by really. the same advice that she got then is the same advice she can and is getting now. essentially the main take-away from that document for me was saying to her, be real. that was really what people want to see from hillary clinton. you've heard this over and over again. she did manage to achieve some of this at state. the question is whether that can translate to another campaign and we're not going to know until she is actually running. she may be acting more like a candidate. it is very different once are you actually on the campaign trail. >> sometimes when they act more like a candidate it tells you they are not going to be a candidate. the thing that's interesting about this is we've never had a candidate like this in the digital age because we've never had a first lady whose husband's records are are becoming more and
and former defense secretary. all right, peter, this is a delicate situation in many, many ways. we have a complicated situation here with russia, how far publicly can the president go when we need to be aligned with them on other issues? >> yeah, shannon, i mean, where is the reset button when you need it? you know, this administration's policy towards russia has been a failure. i think what the president could have done is come out earlier as you mentioned in your lead-in, too little, too late. there is some value in strategic ambiguity, you're trying to involve yourself in further diplomacy, this should have been done a long time ago. and unfortunately this administration, like so many other issues is behind the power curve. >> all right, we want to play a little bit about what charles krauthammerer said earlier, after watching the statement the president made from the white house. >> the ukrainians, and i think everybody is shocked by the white house and the fact we've done nothing of importance. >> what else can we do? knowing all the other issues on the table as charles points out.
the prosecution's case seemed to stumble. there were allegations of police mismanaging evidence and the defense will delve into oscar's fear of crime that propelled him to shoot at what he said he thought was an intruder who broke into his house in the middle of the night. as an olympian,sc pistorius made south africa proud on the world stage. tomorrow his life and his actions will take center stage in a courtroom here. that, too, will be watched just as closely by his countrymen and many around the world. lester, the trial gets under way tomorrow with opening statements by the prosecution, and in a first for this country, a south african judge has allowed cameras in the courtroom. it's going to be televised. a lot of people will be watching it. the trial is expected to last from three to five weeks and a verdict possibly weeks after that. you can imagine it is going to grip the nation and a lot of media attention from around the world. >> thanks. we're going to switch gears and talked about the red carpet. for many people, the only question that matters is who are you wearing? we take a closer
the dark castle? you call that defense?! come on! [ female announcer ] watch live tv anywhere. the x1 entertainment operating system, only from xfinity. piss. >> and welcome back to al jazeera america. here's a quick look at your stories. the supreme court will hear the case of a mentally disabled inmate on death row. >>> today the annual meeting of apac meets in washington, d.c. group of senators is urging president obama to turn his attention to a meeting with prime minister benjamin netanyahu tomorrow. >>> russian troops have seized areas of the southern part of ukraine, crimea. pulling out of a planned u upcoming summit at sochi. >>> we go deep in the crisis in ukraine and explore the options available to russia, ukraine, nato and the united states. rosalyn jordan has more. >> the u.s. secretary of state used the sunday information shows, send egg troops into ukraine is illegal. >> you just don't invade another country on phony pretext in order to assert your interests. >> but the u.s. doesn't think that sending in troops of its own is the right response. instead washington and eu
investigation. >>> new overnight this according to the south korea defense ministry. the short range missiles are believed to be scud missiles. the missiles flew about 300 miles which means they are capable of hitting south korea or japan. this is the second launch in more than a week. >> learner testified this week. chairman ice saw says yes. >> her attorney indicates she will testify. it has been a back and fourth they go ya negotiation. the evident gath -- >> not so fast after her appearance on sunday the former irs official has not waived her right to testify. the house committee spokesperson responded with this ", bill taylor ms. learner's attorney says she is willing to testify and is requesting a one-week delay for the public hearing. we have informed ms. learner she may make the request for a delay when she comes to the hearing. the hearing is scheduled for wednesday. >> looking to sell off as this crisis in ukraine is escalating. loren simonetti joins us with more. >> the olympics are over but the russian war games are still on. the president declaring a right. the dow off nearly 100
byrd bennett as an idle threat and union leaders are preparing a defense. >>the new leadership of ukraine is accusing russia of declaring war. an estimated six thousand russian troops effectively seized control of ukraine's crimean peninsula over the weekend. crimea is on the black sea, a major shipping lane for russian crude oil. the russians have surrounded three ukrainian military bases, and demanded that the soldiers inside surrender. russia's actions have sparked official condemnation from around the world, and protests among ukrainian americans. >> there will the cost to the economy of russia and to russian businesses and to russian individuals. ultimately i think russia will isolate itself on a global stage that had just spent $60 billion for the olympics to try to present a different face. >> the g-8 summit, scheduled in russia this summer, has been suspended in protest. chicago's local ukrainian community is calling on the united nations to take action against russia, before an armed senator durbin told a gathering of local ukrainians, a military response isn't current
defense secretary donald rumsfeld is talking. he blames america's lack of leadership for inability around the globe. >> yesterday it was syria today it is the ukraine tomorrow it coul republican of georgia, skd be central asia, iran, north korea. at this stage the near term options are few. it seems to me the problem is bigger and critically important. that is america's weakness. the u.s. is in a way that tells the world we are in decline and we are in withdraw. we have created a leadership doctrine of the world with people out our values or our interests to the detriment of the united states and friends and allies around the world. it is the united states that dejected that instability into the world equation. >> senator lindsay graham also appearing on the record. it is clear vladmir putin does not take him seriously. >> come to the conclusion after benghazi, after syria, after egypt, after everything that obama has been engaged in he's a weak and decisive leader. i think put tin believes he is going to grab the creme yaw and push back. he sees president obama as a weak character. you d
previously of the war saw pact and reaffirm the collective defense of nato, ie., putin needs to know those countries are off limits. those are the three elements of the obama strategy that's developing. >> how about your assessment, the grander question of putin? certainly he has nostalgia for the old order, greater russia but he's no hitler. where would you place him in terms of his aggressiveness? his willingness to go in bringing back the captive nations, wouldn't go that far, would he? is this the limit of where he's going to go with crimea? >> putin is two things, a russian nationalist, for the last 14, 15 years, his primary strategic goal is to restore pride too russia and restore strength to russia and have other countries respect russia's role in the world and expand russian influence in their near abroad. he's been intimidating armenia and ukraine and saying, don't join the western group, stay under our orbit. but at the same time, chris, he's a realist. he respects power. that's why it's so important for the united states and for president obama to be a strong leader here. becaus
secretary of defense, robert gates said today, which is to say the people running around washington arguing for more, cool it, don't promise what you can't deliver, just as what happened in 2008 when the russians moved into georgia, the challenge of being as strong as they can to get russia to back down, while facing the honest truth that the u.s. is not going to invade ukraine and not going to start a war does not have the ability to push russia out of its neighbor. sending john kerry today was a very good move, and you saw him there showing moral it support, and working hard with the europeans to develop financial sanctions that will hurt not just put i's government, but the rich people in russian society that back put i, saying that this is not worth it, and that's the best and the smartest thing that we can do, as well as backing out of putins a g-8 summit and saying to the world that this is not a behavior breaking of international commitments. russia had signed an agreement pledging to respect ukraine's borders, and this is not something that will be tolerated internationally and maki
cann, ellsbury and beltran, that's a tremendous load of offense. there's questions about the infield defense but it's going to come down to tanaka being able to adjust to the united states. how sabathia gets stronger having lost 40 or 50 pounds and whether he can get back to what he was two or three years ago and i think roberts is going to be terrific closing. it allful it's awfully hard following that act named rivera. >> and where does tanaka fit following with hideo nomo and some that have not worked out for teams. >> he's probably a notch below yu darvish. he hasn't spiched very well on less than six days' rest. when he starts to throw 93, 94 miles an hour his control has been a problem. how he adjusts to the strike zone of the united states and the hitters in the american league east is something no one in the yankees really knows. he'll be good and he'll give them innings. how great remains to be seen. >> there's been one significant rule change over the winter and that's to try to prevent collisions at the plate, bust are posey-type injuries, things like that. as the rule plays out t
on the situation. scare of state john kerry says he is in direct contact with russia's foreign minister. defense secretary chuck hagel is taking a very different tact. warning them to stay out of the ukraine. >> for more on this, we have a contributing editor at atlantic media. talk about a confusing situation. it feels like a very critical moment in what direction this crisis is going to go. you have two airports where they have armed gunmen, you have the ukrainian government saying it's an armed invasion by russia. what do you think this tells us? >> russia suffered a big defeat with this revolution of viktor yanukovych. i think what putin is trying to do is send a message that ukraine cannot be anti-russian. one of the leverages they have is the area of crimea. it used to be part of russia, not part of the ukraine. maybe half the people in the crimea are ethnically russian. so by stirring up some kind of secession sentiment there, it's a way of sending a message to the capitol kiev, if you go too far, we're going to stir up a movement that's going to cause you a lot of problems. >> do you thi
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